Performance Scholarship – Music

Available each year for Year 7 entry

Pymble Ladies’ College offers a number of Performance Scholarships – Music providing full or part remission from academic tuition fees (excluding extras) to students entering Year 7. The awarding of scholarships is determined by an audition, results in the scholarship examination and successful interview.

All candidates must sit the Academic Assessment Services (AAS) examination. The scholarship examination will be held at the College or remotely (for country candidates and, in some cases, for overseas candidates).

All applications for scholarship testing must be made online through Academic Assessment Services (AAS). Candidates must register first for the AAS Junior Academic Scholarship examination.

Once applications have been received, they will be assessed by the examining panel, who will then select candidates whom they wish to audition. Not all applicants for a Music Scholarship will be judged eligible for an audition.

Criteria and Steps to Apply

  • Candidates are to be in Year 5 and under 12 years of age on 31 December of the examination year.
  • Candidates must submit a 300 to 500 word autobiographical essay indicating their special interests and the contribution they would make to the life of the College.
  • Candidates must have completed the following AMEB Grades or equivalent:
    • AMEB Grade 5 (or equivalent) or above for piano
    • AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent) or above for violin
    • AMEB Grade 3 (or equivalent) or above for other string instruments, flute, clarinet and saxophone
    • AMEB Grade 2 (or equivalent) or above is required for all other wind and brass instruments.
  • Successful candidates must commence in Year 7 2019 and will be expected to participate fully in the musical life of the College, including performing in appropriate musical ensembles.
  • Successful candidates will be required to take music as an elective subject.
  • The scholarship covers full or part remission of tuition fees (excluding extras) for six years. All other expenses are to be met at the full rate.
  • Scholarships will be reviewed on an annual basis and it is the College’s expectation that students maintain their high performance levels and represent the College as and when requested.
  • The College Council reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship from any scholarship holder.

Audition Preparation

Your daughter must be suitably prepared for audition. She will be required to play two contrasting pieces; each piece no more than five minutes in length. The audition will also include aural tests (intervals, rhythm, triads and pitch) appropriate for her grade (AMEB standard), sight reading and singing (unaccompanied, a short song of choice, appropriate examples include Advance Australia Fair, English/Australian folk song, nursery rhyme).